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  • Thu, December 13, 2018 2:25 PM | Kristin Shenk

    Congratulations to the 2019 Barham Award Winner

    The concessions (OABA Director), Nathan and Stephanie Janousek have created together have sought to be unique at the fairs by offering products not commonly available [read more]

  • Thu, December 13, 2018 1:15 PM | Kristin Shenk

    On The Earie 
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    About a week ago, Jill and Mike McCormack of Mattt and Kelly McDonagh's Big Rock Amusements, Chesaning, Michigan, returned to their home in Nashville after a 10-day vacation in Hawaii, and Jill, who was born and raised in [read more]

  • Tue, December 11, 2018 12:32 PM | Kristin Shenk

    Hi everyone -- I changed the format of the Pending Legislation Chart to put state legislation first (local ordinances are now listed last).  I also created a separate table for bills that have already been introduced for the 2019 session.  California's 2019 session started on Dec. 3, Maine started on Dec. 5, and of course other states have started pre-filing legislation for next year.

    [read more]

  • Tue, December 11, 2018 12:29 PM | Kristin Shenk

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)


            Change from
      11/26/18 12/03/18 12/10/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.261 3.207 3.161   values are down -0.046 values are up 0.251
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.277 3.229 3.194   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.293
    New England (PADD1A) 3.344 3.310 3.295   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.395
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.447 3.394 3.368   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.308
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.145 3.098 3.053   values are down -0.045 values are up 0.265
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.185 3.117 3.066   values are down -0.051 values are up 0.203
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.035 2.989 2.934   values are down -0.055 values are up 0.229
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.339 3.291 3.239   values are down -0.052 values are up 0.248
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.739 3.694 3.652   values are down -0.042 values are up 0.308
    West Coast less California 3.455 3.406 3.357   values are down -0.049 values are up 0.285
    California 3.964 3.922 3.887   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.327
    *prices include all taxes

  • Tue, December 11, 2018 12:21 PM | Kristin Shenk

    Titan will be the tallest traveling booster ride in the USA

    By: Genie Davis

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018
    Arizona-based Ray Cammack Shows is planning to debut a major new ride in 2019. According to the company’s vice president, Ben Pickett,... [read more]

  • Thu, December 06, 2018 5:35 PM | Kristin Shenk


    OABA Call to Action

    Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package

    General Background

    In the final legislative days of the 115th Congress, the House and Senate are engaged in heated conversations surrounding the FY19 Appropriations legislation that must be enacted before the government runs out of money – December 21, 2018. One of those bills – the funding mechanism for the Department of Homeland Security – is the legislative vehicle that will be used to offer the Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package for consideration.

    What Should OABA Members Do?

    Using the talking points below, OABA Members are asked to contact Members of Congress that they know personally, or have some relationship with WHO ARE ON THE LIST BELOW. OABA Members should not contact any Member of Congress not found below.

    Please express your support for the compromise and ask that they support the Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package when it is considered on the House or Senate floor.

    Tillis/Harris H-2B Reform Package

    Cap Relief Measures
    o A permanent increase in the cap from 66,000 to 132,000 visas;
    o Temporary Cap Exemption for States with major disaster declaration; and
    o Definitional changes to the H-2B program allowing employers to utilize the H-2A program for workers in the forestry, horticulture, aquaculture (seafood processing) and equine related services.

    Enhanced Integrity Measures
    o Electronic Verification
    ▪ H-2B employers will be required to participate in the federal E-Verify program for all employees hired no later than 1 year after enactment of legislation; and re-verify all employees within 3 years of enactment for all hires made on or after October 1, 2012.
    ▪ Temporary three year legal worker exemption allowing employer to replace each  worker who fails E-Verify with a cap exempt H-2B worker.

    o Anti-fraud Penalties - Increase in the anti-fraud fee from $150 to $350 per petition.
    o Establishment of DOL electronic jobs registry - DOL will collect a fee from H-2B employers to pay for this registry.

    Compliant Seasonal Employer
    o Provides prioritization set-aside of H-2B visas for employers who operate in good faith within the H-2B program.

    Other Provisions
    o Quarterly Visa Allocation - changed from current bi-annual allocation to quarterly allocation (Oct-Dec- 14%, January-March: 45%, April-June: 39%, July-September 2%); and
    o Date of Need – set to 120 days prior to date of need.

    Members to Contact

    United States Senators

    Murkowski AK
    Sullivan AK
    Flake AZ
    Feinstein CA
    Bennet CO
    Carper DE
    Coons DE
    Nelson FL
    Isakson GA
    Young IN
    Roberts KS
    Cassidy LA
    Cardin MD
    King ME
    Collins ME
    Peters MI
    Stabenow MI
    Klobuchar MN
    Smith MN
    Blunt MO
    McCaskill MO
    Cochran MS Wicker MS
    Tillis NC
    Burr NC
    Heitkamp ND
    Shaheen NH
    Portman OH
    Lankford OK
    Wyden OR
    Casey PA
    Toomey PA
    Reed RI
    Whitehouse RI
    Graham SC
    Scott SC
    Rounds SD
    Thune SD
    Cornyn TX
    Hatch UT
    Warner VA
    Cantwell WA
    Murray WA
    Johnson WI
    Barrasso WY
    Enzi WY

    United States House of Representatives

    Young AK00
    Byrne AL01
    Roby AL02
    Crawford AR01
    Womack AR03
    Matsui CA06
    Denham CA10
    Lofgren CA19
    Valadao CA21
    McCarthy CA23
    Knight CA25
    Cárdenas CA29
    Polis CO02
    Tipton CO03
    Buck CO04
    Lamborn CO05
    Coffman CO06
    Perlmutter CO07
    Blunt Rochester DE00
    Dunn FL02
    Yoho FL03
    Rutherford FL04
    Ross FL15
    Rooney, Tom FL17
    Mast FL18
    Frankel FL21
    Diaz-Balart FL25
    Curbelo FL26
    Carter, Buddy GA01
    Bishop GA02
    Johnson, Henry GA04
    Loudermilk GA11
    Allen GA12
    Labrador ID01
    Simpson ID02
    Rush IL01
    Gutiérrez IL04
    Roskam IL06
    Hultgren IL14
    Kinzinger IL16
    Brooks, Susan IN05
    Messer IN06
    Bucshon IN08
    Marshall KS01
    Jenkins, Lynn KS02
    Yoder KS03
    Comer KY01
    Massie KY04
    Barr KY06
    Scalise LA01
    Higgins, Clay LA03
    Johnson, Mike LA04
    Abraham LA05
    Graves, Garret LA06
    McGovern MA02
    Kennedy MA04
    Moulton MA06
    Capuano MA07
    Keating MA09
    Harris MD01
    Ruppersberger MD02
    Brown MD04
    Cummings MD07
    Pingree ME01
    Poliquin ME02
    Bergman MI01
    Huizenga MI02
    Moolenaar MI04
    Upton MI06
    Walberg MI07
    Bishop, Mike MI08
    Mitchell MI10
    Trott MI11
    Walz MN01
    Paulsen MN03
    Emmer MN06
    Nolan MN08
    Wagner MO02
    Luetkemeyer MO03
    Long MO07
    Thompson MS02
    Harper MS03
    Palazzo MS04
    Price NC04
    Rouzer NC07
    Cramer ND00
    Smith, Adrian NE03
    Shea-Porter NH01
    Kuster NH02
    LoBiondo NJ02
    MacArthur NJ03
    Lance NJ07
    Pearce NM02
    Amodei NV02
    Zeldin NY01
    Rice NY04
    Engel NY16
    Faso NY19
    Tonko NY20
    Stefanik NY21
    Tenney NY22
    Higgins NY26
    Collins, Chris NY27
    Chabot OH01
    Wenstrup OH02
    Beatty OH03
    Latta OH05
    Johnson, Bill OH06
    Gibbs OH07
    Davidson OH08
    Ryan OH13
    Joyce OH14
    Stivers OH15
    Renacci OH16
    Mullin OK02
    Lucas OK03
    Cole OK04
    Bonamici OR01
    Schrader OR05
    Brady, Robert PA01
    Perry PA04
    Thompson, GlenPA05
    Costello PA06 Fitzpatrick PA08
    Shuster PA09
    Marino PA10
    Rothfus PA12
    Boyle PA13
    Doyle PA14
    Cartwright PA17
    Cicilline RI01
    Langevin RI02
    Sanford SC01
    Gowdy SC04
    Rice, Tom SC07
    Noem SD00
    Kustoff TN08
    Cohen TN09
    McCaul TX10
    Conaway TX11
    Weber TX14
    Gonzalez TX15
    O'Rourke TX16
    Flores TX17
    Jackson Lee TX18
    Castro TX20
    Hurd TX23
    Williams TX25
    Cuellar TX28
    Carter TX31
    Vela TX34
    Bishop UT01
    Stewart UT02
    Love UT04
    Wittman VA01
    Taylor VA02
    Garrett VA05
    Goodlatte VA06
    Beyer VA08
    Griffith VA09
    Comstock VA10
    Welch VT00
    Herrera Beutler WA03
    Newhouse WA04
    Kilmer WA06
    Ryan WI01
    Kind WI03
    Sensenbrenner WI05
    Grothman WI06

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  • Thu, December 06, 2018 5:00 PM | Kristin Shenk

    this week's animal issues update is attached for your reference.  There are a number of news items, but the only legislative activity since my last update is:

    -- Pennsylvania's legislative session has adjourned (meaning PA SB 248 to ban traveling animal acts has died), and 

    -- unfortunately Benton County, OR passed an ordinance banning wild and exotic animal acts. [read more}

    Mary Lou

  • Thu, December 06, 2018 4:23 PM | Kristin Shenk

    On The Earie
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    As I watched the incredible Garth Brooks Rock the House that Knute Rockne built in a concert at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, before 85,000 adoring fans,  [read more]

  • Thu, December 06, 2018 4:20 PM | Kristin Shenk

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)


            Change from
      11/19/18 11/26/18 12/03/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.282 3.261 3.207   values are down -0.054 values are up 0.285
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.295 3.277 3.229   values are down -0.048 values are up 0.325
    New England (PADD1A) 3.347 3.344 3.310   values are down -0.034 values are up 0.413
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.466 3.447 3.394   values are down -0.053 values are up 0.332
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.165 3.145 3.098   values are down -0.047 values are up 0.304
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.216 3.185 3.117   values are down -0.068 values are up 0.240
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.045 3.035 2.989   values are down -0.046 values are up 0.276
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.360 3.339 3.291   values are down -0.048 values are up 0.272
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.767 3.739 3.694   values are down -0.045 values are up 0.321
    West Coast less California 3.475 3.455 3.406   values are down -0.049 values are up 0.300
    California 4.000 3.964 3.922   values are down -0.042 values are up 0.337
    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, December 06, 2018 3:46 PM | Kristin Shenk

    WFA Special Hall of Fame Announcement [read more]

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